Antoinette Brown Lecture
Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the
Antoinette Brown Lecture
to be delivered by
Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Constructive Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm CT
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 124
* The lecture will be delivered in person. If you are unable to attend, you may join us virtually by viewing the livestream.
The God Who Is
In a world beset with the uncertainties of disease, war, racial injustice, and climate crises, Dr. Martell discusses the God who IS, who is Vida (Life), love, justice, and mercy; the God who IS Verbo (Word) and therefore Truth, and the God who IS Presencia (Presence) and therefore Presente (present). This is the God who wills life in a globalized world that chooses profits over people, the God who helps us discern truths in a world of disinformation, QAnon, and Christian Nationalism, and the God who is present in the “peripheric spaces” of where the sobrajas—the poor, the forgotten, and the discarded—reside. It is this God who IS who calls us to be “other-being, straight-necked” people, conduits of the breath of life, conduits of the God who IS.
About the Lecturer
The Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell is the 18th Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary, where she also serves as Professor of Constructive Theology. Dr. Martell joined the faculty of Lexington Theology Seminary in August of 2017. Prior to that, she was the Professor of Constructive Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Martell is a licensed doctor in veterinary medicine as well as an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches/ USA. She is a bi-coastal Puerto Rican who has taught in various institutions of higher learning. She pastored in New York City for 15 years and served as President of the Board of American Baptist Churches/ New York City from 1994–1996.
Dr. Martell pioneered the study of evangélica theology. She has published articles on various topics related to evangélica theology, including “My GPS Doesn’t Work in Puerto Rico” (2010). She co-edited Teología en Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology (1997) and co-authored Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins (2013). She has contributed blogs and podcasts on the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s Open Plaza, including “I Am Not Your Virus: COVID-19 and Climate Change” (2021). She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for Biblical Literature.
Dr. Martell served as President of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion from 2016–2019. She represents the ABC/ USA on the National Council of Churches Convening Table for Theological Studies and Matters of Faith and Reason and on the NCC Racial Advisory Committee. The American Baptist Home Missions Societies awarded her the 2015 Richard Hoiland Christian Education Award, its highest recognition for “faithful and effective leadership in Christian education,” for her long-standing work in nurturing culturally and racially diverse classrooms and for exceptional leadership.